It’s the Climb

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I’ve seen a lot of other authors hit them-low points in their careers when it seems like the harder you work and the BETTER you write, the less happens to move your message and the size of your readership–your career, itself–forward. And the more you have to WAIT for a YES or a NO, and for the sometimes dreaded, but always needed, reviews, allows for abundant time to question everything you’ve done so far in your writing journey, as well as what you plan(ned) to do tomorrow. This questioning leads to frustration, which is not helpful when you’re trying to keep those creative juices flowing. (Creative juices are kinda necessary to write awesome books.)

In my writing career, I’ve been up-and plenty of times. Sometimes I’ve even rocketed, twisting and flailing, into the sky.

But the twisting and flailing ride is kind of a two-way street. I will admit that right now isn’t the first time I’ve twisted and flailed, as I came crashing down. And at the moment, I’m at the bottom of the roller coaster ride, looking up and facing the climb.

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Wanting the climb.

GOOD NEWS: Yes, there’s always a silver lining. I’ve reached out to a few other writers and a beta reader (AND NOW to YOU) in search of the words that will inspire me. My wonderful friends who I’ve trusted with my struggle have been generous in their support and encouragement. I’ve been assured that my new books will be “winners” and I’ve been comforted in my frustration with all of the waiting that is required of an author (because sometimes all you can do is try like hell to be patient).

I’ve been told DON’T YOU DARE GIVE UP…

And I’ve been reminded that my goal is to take YOU on a journey that only I can guide.

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(me hiking in the woods)

So, yes, this journey as a writer, as are so many of our life journeys, is a trial. Or maybe it’s an election, of sorts. Or a trip to the doctor… or a visit to your kid’s teacher. Or a dance audition. Or basketball tryouts. Or an application to college or law school. You don’t know the final results until you actually take the trip. And then you have to sit and wait, before you muster the energy to work a little harder, and keep the trip progressing in the right direction.

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(one of my favorite hikes)

It’s interesting that my effort to bemoan the tribulations of my journey have resulted in focusing my mind on things like my family and good health and an upcoming election…

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I don’t plan to give up. I never have. But in the sharing of my experience with my personal roller coaster, I hope for an exchange. I would love to hear how you negotiate your roller coasters. And why you don’t get off the roller coaster, in favor of a carousel ride.

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After all, it’s all about the climb.

 

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I’d love to hear from you.

❤ Momma Mia

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(this looks just like my dog Jake from when I was a kid)

 

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6 Comments on “It’s the Climb

  1. Hi Dianne! it felt good to share what is on my mind. Thank for replying- reading it feels good, too.

  2. You’re already doing many of the right things. Focusing on friends and family, getting outdoors, exercising…

    View story at Medium.com

    When I find myself flagging, I remind myself that it’s merely a bump in the road and I just need to keep trudging on and get beyond it. Alternating between being mindful of my present state of mind and distractions like focusing on and helping others helps me keep my perspective. So I plaster a smile on my face and keep on going and soon I realize that the smile is real again.

  3. Mel- the smile until it turns real makes me think of “fake it ’til you make it” which is actually very good advice. The exercise and the music I listen to while hiking has been hugely helpful. And then there is the fact that I can reach out to writers like Cody and Jesse and Michael and Raine and readers like you and Dianne and Kevin and helpers like Jaime and Louis and my husband and sister and kids… and I know that what I’m missing is MUCH LESS than what I have!

  4. Which shows that you are practicing one more thing on the list… an attitude of gratitude. I know you’ve got this.

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